Here you see the latest new product from McCormick, the spice company. It’s a “crusting blend” made with panko bread crumbs.
The blends come in three flavors: French onion, pepper and herb; Italian herb and cheese and garlic, lemon and rosemary.
The blends are used for creating a tasty crust on chicken, fish, pork or beef. I pried mine open and took a wiff and it smelled pretty good.
Since I’ve been covering food, I’ve noticed that the McCormick folks always seem to be riding the wave of the latest trend in spices. I know that’s their job, but I have grown to appreciate the way they try to bring gourmet spice options to the grocery store at a fairly affordable price for everyday cooks.
First, they had the smoked paprika everyone’s using. Then, they introduced a line of gourmet salts and salt blends. I have some of their French grey salt and Mediterranean spiced sea salt in my cabinet at home.
Panko is an extremely popular breading ingredient these days, so I’m not surprised to see this product. I do think that at 6.5 oz., the containers are a little small. How many chicken breasts do you suppose that’ll coat?
When I tasted a pinch of the Italian herb and cheese, I noticed that it is quite pungent. Perhaps one could mix the crusting blend with a little plain panko to stretch it further.
If anyone tries one of these blends, please let us know what you think!